Philadelphia plans to transform the local market for solar energy, making solar technologies cost-competitive. The Solar City Partnership will develop a strategy through which 2.3 MW of solar electricity will be generated within the city of Philadelphia by 2011 and 57.8 MW by 2021, the proportional share of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s stated goal. The city of Philadelphia is also working on possible solar projects on city-owned land. For example, The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, is working with Conergy on the development of a 1+ MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system at The Naval Yard. The project would produce more than 900,000 kWh of clean electricity.
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is also looking to locate multi-MW solar installations at three of their facilities. These projects would decrease the amount of electricity that PWD would need to purchase from PECO and would provide the facilities with clean, emissions-free energy at a stable price over the life of the panels (more than 20 years).